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the city actually have an opportunity, should they feel ross mirkarimi is inappropriate in his seat to recall. thank you very much for your consideration. my apologies on behalf of part of san francisco to mr. mirkarimi and his family. thank you for your consideration. >> my name is george evesheeman. qséi have been working on police practice issues since the 1980's and political campaigns all my life, including since 1995 our work on the campaign with moss -- ross mirkarimi. and i heard someone earlier say that he should be treated like everybody else, and i have heard that statement all through this time, and please, i agree. he should be treated like
everybody else, and he is not being treated like everyone else. i have never seen a misdemeanor case treated like this. i have never seen anything like this. i know police officers are not generally treated this way when they are accused of misconduct and that sort of thing. i am getting phone calls from out of state and my home county. people say what are they doing to this guy? is this political? well, you know how i would answer that probably. even gavin newsom, no political friend, was quoted as saying they're piling it on him. he said i should note, because it has happened to me, so i know how it feels. other people -- is that two minutes?
>> 30 more seconds. to >> i was going to say some other things, but the voters, hundreds of people work on the campaign, tens of thousands of people voted for him. if you waiver or questioning your decision, think of the will of the people. it is paramount in this country. thank you. >> please, sir. the " good morning. -- good morning. i think there is an injustice being done and it is being railroaded. if he would ask for a jury trial, he would never been convicted because it is a very
weak case. i see a lot of people that are trying to condemn them, but the majority of the citizens of the city voted for him, and i think that should be considered and respected. instead of going after him, we should go after the people that are enslaving people and the prostitution trade and openly against the will through threats and intimidation, and i think this city has shown it is a recognizable one. a lot of people, even the people that do not like mr. ross they ask me what is going on. they say this is unjust. i urge you to consider, because it is making us look very bad to the rest of the country in the world. thank you.
>> good afternoon, commissioners. i am a 37th mayoral candidate for san francisco. i was not allowed out of the box. immediately after asking for protection i was called off -- hauled off. my campaign papers thrown in the dumpster, and my life has been a living hell. a lot of it has to do with the facts. i was nearly killed 1 million times. he was put back on the streets and allowed to go free after a 145 that fell on me. i have been held body with three holes in my head being a seizure victim by a sheriff. and another 300 town sheriff
punched me in the head. i have had my private parts hurt. i have had everything under the sun done to me. the sheriffs have not been supervised. they have been,'p taught torture techniques. i have come forward on a regular basis that we need cameras, supervision. law enforcement has been illegally hired. i found the man who did this psychological profiling. he was 500 pounds. it is not ok. when i stood up in san francisco and said 98 percent of our police and law enforcement, if there were dogs, we would shoot them and are not accountable for their time brought standing ovations. we did not have equality, justice, and we cannot have it until we have transparent society, until we have equality
and justice for all. i do not have any criminal record, but i have been arrested 55 times. i've been choked and stabbed. >> thank you. >> [inaudible] >> thank you, commissioners. i will be brief, but you might consider appreciative the line outside. i just want to say first our criminal justice system is broken. we lock people up and throw away the key. the thing that happens, or one of the results of that is the u.s. has the largest incarceration rate in the world. the leak of voters supported him because he is committed to oçvchanging that. it is brutal irony to watch the
super tie warrants -- the zero tolerance laws applied to this case. we're very uncomfortable with the democratically-elected official being unilaterally ousted from office by political opponents. we are disturbed by the reports that the mayor committed perjury in his testimony. we ask that the ethics commission recommend that ross mirkarimi be reinstated as sheriff. we do not believe he has committed official misconduct and we ask the commission to fully investigate the mayor's perjury charges. thank you. >> thank you. just a couple of things. my name is [inaudible]
for a very long time. he is a very respectful man, and very friendly and nice to everyone, but the thing i want to tell you, he was the supervisor for district 5. i live in district 5. i want to tell you everything that happened in district 5, whether it was a car wreck, a fire, shooting, a fight, arguments, he was there. i do not care what time of night it was. i do not care where it was. he was there. he came in his pajamas. you could see the pajamas under his jacket to come and see about a child that got killed. he was very much concerned. where i live that, if it was not for him, and i cannot thank him
enough for what he did for marcus garvey, fighting for us for two years to get the funds to renovate, we cannot thank him enough. i am speaking for the people and the addition that could not make it. i was going to come if i had to crawl. he is a good person. and he is going to be a good share of. i will tell you why, because he has the heart for it. he is compassionate, but he is strong. he do not take no crap and knows when you're pulling him in working around with his mind. he will not allow that.
and [applause] >> thank you very much. >> good afternoon, commissioners, and thank you. the mayor's charges of official misconduct against sheriff have results in an excruciating demonstration of the abuse of public resources to justify an unwarranted decision by the mayor to undo a democratic election and destroy a family. did the mayor not consider these extremely serious consequences
of the action or in fact intend to cause these results? yet, he made the decision without the most minimal investigation. he failed to even speak with miss lopez. after taking this action his of justification in evidence. the charges repeatedly fluctuated. the only evidence is that he pled guilty to false imprisonment, and for that he is serving his sentence. there is no evidence of what the situation. the city attorney wants you to believe messages and communications constitute witness persuasion. of which witness? their only evidence of a very upset lopez deeply purred trade -- deeply betrayed by her neighbor. who would do otherwise in that situation? december 31 incident was addressed through the criminal justice process. none of which would interfere
with him during his job. he did perform his job throughout the media service at criminal justice proceedings. should he have chosen different words or made different choices during this entire time, maybe so. but any of those occasions when he might have chosen a different sentence, the the amount of official misconduct? i am sure you cannot possibly arrive at that conclusion. by the way, the mayor should have made other choices. if we believe the domestic violence crisis work, and why would we hire them if we did not believe that, we must believe in rehabilitation. >> commissioners. i am a native san franciscan and have followed the hearing. the attorney told you to
interpret common sense when the chairman asked him how he should interpret is as and part of experts tell you. allow me to offer comments. does not rise from the removal of elected office. in response to the actual charges, the share of reached a plea deal. he is played guilty in diligently engage in real politic their bait every sense. -- engaged in the bill would of therapy ever since. as for persuasion of witnesses, there was innuendo, but no evidence to the contrary. moreover, the mayor's case rests on a witness who did not appear, did not get cross- examined and whose council told the witness minimum exposure. despite her planning to involve
the police chief sir and gavin newsom, which is a clue there was a great deal of political under current behind us. by contrast, most ordinary citizens like myself interpret lying under oath as serious. especially when someone as important as the mayor might have done it. lying under oath by an official is official misconduct. if one interprets the allies as going to motivation for removing the sure from office, then the perjury goes to right action and decency, which are explicitly required of all public officials, a standard the mayor himself refused to reply to himself. >> thank you.
>> good afternoon, commissioners. my name is danielle. i would like to see ross reinstated to his job as a sheriff. i believe domestic violence is a serious offense, and as such, am glad the allegations in this case were brought forth and taken seriously. however, i do not believe any serious offense was committed here, certainly none that would preclude him from serving as sheriff. we're all humans, including high-level officials. we all have faults and weaknesses, and sometimes in life those come to a head.
in retrospect, it is those times in life we are thankful for, provided we are shown the way to healing and cold mist, which has certainly been a part of this case, as well as the original intent of the mirkarimi family. domestic violence is about violence, but there are many other forms of violence, including being too harsh in one's judgment and and willing to really look into all aspects of the case. when i look closely, i do not see a reason to bar him from his work. finally, as much as domestic violence cases are about violence, they should also be about compassion and learning to resolve conflicts in a way that meets the needs of all parties. here we have dealt with the
offense, the root causes are being dealt with, and only fair the voters of san francisco have their share of fax for justice. -- have the facts for the sense of justice. >> my name is tammy brant, a long-time resident of section five. official misconduct has to do with his actions related to elected office. in this incident, nor anything that transpired after words does not even come close to official misconduct. the city has done an excellent job of demonstrating no official misconduct has occurred. no matter how hard they tried, the city has not made the case. i work for unemployment
insurance, and my job is to determine whether people qualified for an employer of based on their actions at work. there was no work-related misconduct in this. i implore you to remember that your duty is to ask the voters to be an impartial body that works for us, and of those who appointed you, and finally, i survived domestic violence two decades ago. i feel offended by the domestic violence exploiting a family crisis for their own agenda, which is nothing to do with protecting victims. the situation was not a criminal incident. please be independent and impartial when you make your recommendation that there was no official misconduct and removing him was wrong. thank you. >> my name is terrance faulkner.
i have served on a couple of the commissions. i was a republican county chairman on occasion. i am speaking as an individual. i attended the trial the last time there was the removal like this. like this trial, he was an airport commissioner and a union strike and in official capacity. in this case he is not part of the a establishment or machine or whatever you want to college. his offenses are really political in nature. the whole situation is one that reeks with politics at its worst. i strongly urge that you not to vote to remove the share80" of.
he was legally elected. nothing that happened in the unfortunate dispute between himself and his wife had anything to do with office of sheriff. t(he was not even in office of e time the offense occurred. frankly, some of the problems of a guy being a little bigger than a woman and an accident to give it without intending to do it. i can only say that happens to be facts of nature. blame charles darwin. and i know on one occasion -- i was with a young woman at a restaurant and she started to cry. she started to fall. i grabbed her. at first she objected. i said i just saved you from breaking your neck. sometimes guys are rough. unfortunately, we are big. i do not think the chair should be removed. i think this is a political lynching. and the sermon.
to g>> commissioners, members of the public, and ross mirkarimi, i know you talk to supporters in the campaign, and i talk to you on the telephone. we said the program of in 1980. it has become the state standard. in i have worked with thousands of batterers and programs. we of trained people all over the world, even in singapore. i keep doing the work because i am very optimistic that if men who are violent get treatment and it helps, syria's help that deals with the violence, they
can certainly recover. i hope ross gets to do that, because he is very popular with his supporters. is an excellent political program. that is where i think as commissioners, as citizens, we have to draw the line. there is a certain question about the willingness to do violence, particularly as a public official when you have 80 people in your jail right now better there specifically to stop the violence. command influence is a very important factor. in my contract i send that to people around the world who want to have this program. i first line is we require the entire command staff to be present for the first four hours
of training so that they will understand the gravity of their role in supporting -- >> thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is karen l. levine. i am a retired sheriff's department employee. i worked three years as a deputy sheriff. i--25 years running programs in the jails. i currently work with the male survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. there is the reason why the state set up a 52-week programs. it really requires a complete belief system change to stop violating yourself and others. that is just the very beginning.
and that is just the very beginning, 52 weeks. it is not for nothing that our formally esteemed sheriff, michael hennessey, had a rolule that you had to be arrests-free and off a probation to enter the jail. that is because people need to heal, make restoration, and people need time to make some change. i find it very ironic that the sheriff is someone who would basically not be allowed to enter the jail because of the actions he has taken. so, while i believe in redemption and hope for the redemption for ross and his family, i do not believe he can currently served as sheriff. thank you. >> hello, members of the commission. my name is susan loftus, a
native san franciscan and mother of three. as serve as a prosecutor in san francisco and the domestic violence unit. there is one thing i really want to convey. i think something is really at stake in this conversation. i have watched it on mine and sat in the hearings. we have made tremendous progress with the criminal justice community on how we address domestic violence. we've done better at listening to victims and protecting them in the wake of tragedies and done better at healing batterers. no one wants a batterer to continue to batter. but as a misdemeanor and domestic violence prosecutor i have watched men convicted of a misdemeanor push or slap, just because it was not in the papers does not mean we never prosecuted pushes or slaps. we did it because it is domestic violence. i have watched men who pleaded
guilty in -- plead guilty in court in their body changes. the moment you stop minimizing it, you can start healing and start getting better. from my experience and what i know about domestic violence, i have never seen any of that from sheriff mirkarimi. we have nationally recognized programs to hear batterers, of which he would be charged with overseeing. these are men who were going to be sitting in our jails talking about how they're going to change their ways at a time when their share oerriff minimize the conduct and got back to being share rep. i really hope you will find his official misconduct and have him removed. thank you. >> hello. i am the interim executive director of womeat women inc.
i want to share from our perspective what really resonates about this situation, and something we have talked about a lot, our team. for a survivor to reach out for assistance, even at an agency like ours that exist to serve them, it takes a lot of debt and courage. -- guts and courage. the majority did not go comfortable reaching out to the police department, and we do a lot of work with that. we tell them about the laws and can vouch for the police department. their concern is they are not going to care. who cares about this? this happened in my home with my partner, who will care? our message has always been they do care, it is against the law. we also talk a lot